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On a 99 vw beetle i cant push the rear disc piston in

On the 99 vw beetle im trying to replace the rear brakes but cant. The e-brake is tied in with the rear brakes. I tried to push the piston with a c-clap but it wont push in. I think something in the e-brake system needs to be released to be able to push the piston in but i dont know what.

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    05 VW-rear brakes-it seems like the piston came out of the caliper because the piston twisted in clockwise and stopped. There is about 1" of space between the piston and caliper. How can I get the piston all the way in?



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The pistons twist in clock wise on the rear brakes

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